Clare's full forward line of Conner Hegarty, Diarmuid Cahill and Keith Smyth scored 0-12 between them as they opened their Munster MHC campaign with a hard-earned victory over Waterford at Walsh Park.
Smyth and Hegarty posted 0-5 and 0-4 respectively for the visitors who held a 0-10 to 0-9 lead at the break. Waterford opened up an early 0-3 to 0-1 advantage before Smyth and Hegarty found their groove. Aaron Ryan and Reuben Halloran replied with frees for the home side, but they still trailed by the minimum at half-time.
Two Ryan frees and a Jamie Gleeson point from play edged the Deise back in front after the restart. But the Banner knuckled down and claimed victory thanks to scores from Oisin O'Donnell, Dylan Downes, Hegarty, Cahill and Smyth.
Clare - A Shanahan; S Devanney, A Hogan, C McGroary; J Collins, C O Meara, T Butler (0-1); O Clune, K O'Connor; S Meehan (0-1), C Galvin (0-1f), O O'Donnell (0-1); C Hegarty (0-4), D Cahill (0-3), K Smyth (0-5, 4f). Subs: D Downes (0-1) for K O'Connor, S Ronan for O O'Donnell.
Waterford - R Hogan; J O'Floinn, S O'Neill, C Daly; R Fitzpatrick, R Furlong, R Halloran (0-2, 1f, 1pen); S Burke, E O'Brien; J Gleeson (0-1), A Ryan (0-9, 8f), T Loftus; J Burke (0-2), C MacCraith, M Cummins (0-1). Subs: M Fitzgerald for T Loftus, C Walsh for R Fitzpatrick, J Power for E O'Brien, J Foley for J Gleeson, C Berry for M Cummins.
Referee - J McCormack.Tweet